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155, as provides thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight, of the first section of the act
for payment out
of any money

entitled “ An act supplementary to the act for the relief of certain not otherwise surviving officers and soldiers of the army of the Revolution,” approred appropriated, be seventh June, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-two, and of the first repealed.

proviso of the first section of the act entitled “An act renewing certain
naval pensions, and extending the benefit of existing laws respecting
naval pensions to engineers, firemen, and coal-heavers in the navy,
and to their widows," approved eleventh August, one thousand eight
hundred and forty-eight, as provides for the payment of all pensions
under the aforesaid acts out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise
appropriated, be and the same is hereby repealed, from and after the

thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six.
Certain Pen Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That any moneys appropriated by
Bions how paid. the act of thirty-first May, eighteen hundred and fifty-four, to supply
1854, ch. 60.

deficiencies for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth of June of that year,

and by the second section of the act of twenty-eighth February, eighteen 1865, ch. 126. hundred and fifty-five, making appropriations for the payment of pensions

applicable to the payment of pensions of invalids who were wounded on
board of private armed vessels during the last war with Great Britain,
not required under the provisions thereof, may be applied to the same
purpose subsequent to the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-five,
it being hereby provided that pensions to invalids thus wounded shall be
paid from moneys in the treasury of the United States in the same
manner, upon appropriations made or to be made, as other pensions for
naval or military services.

APPROVED, April 5, 1856.

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April 23, 1856. CHAP. XVIII. – An Act to change the Times of holding the United States Courts in the

Southern District of Illinois. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Times and States of America in Congress assembled, That, instead of the times hereplace of holding tofore fixed by law, the circuit and district courts of the United States trict of Illinois. for the Southern District of Illinois, shall hereafter be held as follows:1855, ch. 96.

At Springfield, on first Mondays in January and first Mondays in June, - and all writs, pleas, suits, recognizances, indictments, or other proceedings, civil or criminal, issued, commenced, or pending in either of said courts, shall be returnable to, be entered and have day in court, and be heard and tried according to the times of holding said courts as herein provided.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That the clerk of the said district Transcript of court of the southern district of Illinois, is hereby authorized, under the records.

direction of the Judge of said district court, to make a transcript from
the records of the district and circuit courts of the northern district
of Illinois, of all such matters and proceedings as relate to or concern
titles to real estate or causes originating in that part of the State of

Illinois included within said southern district aforesaid; and that the 1856, ch. 129, compensation of said services be [the] same as now allowed for like $ 12.

services under existing laws, and Provided, That such transcripts and Proviso.

records, when so made, shall be certified by said clerk to be true and correct, the same shall be evidence as fully and effectually as though originally entered and made in the courts of the United States for the southern district of Illinois.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

CHAP. XIX. An Act making Appropriations for the Support of the Military Academy April 23, 1856.

for the year ending the thirtieth of June, eighteen hundred and fifty-seven. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby, appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the support of the Military Academy, for the year ending the thirtieth of June, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-seven :

For pay of officers, instructors, cadets, and musicians, ninety-one thou- Appropriations. sand one hundred and six dollars.

For commutation of subsistence, two thousand and forty-four dollars.
For forage for officers' horses, eight hundred and sixty-four dollars.

For current and ordinary expenses, as follows: repairs and improvements, fuel, and apparatus, forage, postage, stationery, transportation, printing, clerks, miscellaneous and incidental expenses, and departments of instruction, thirty-four thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars.

For gradual increase and expense of library, one thousand dollars.
For expenses of the board of visitors, three thousand dollars.

For forage for artillery and cavalry horses, eight thousand six hundred and forty dollars.

For replacing dead and worn out cavalry and artillery horses, one thousand dollars.

For repairs and additions to professors' quarters, five thousand dollars.
For furniture for hospital for cadets, one hundred and fifty dollars.
For a gun pendulum, six hundred dollars.
For a public clock, seven hundred dollars.

For additional stables for dragoons' and artillery horses, ten thousand dollars.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the amounts disbursed, or that Pay of libramay be disbursed, out of moneys appropriated for the support of the rian, assistant Military Academy by the acts of May tenth, eighteen hundred and fifty- certain enlisted four, and March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, in payment of men. additional compensation to the librarian, assistant librarian, and certain

1854, ch. 55. enlisted men at that post, be passed to the credit of the disbursing officer:

1855, ch. 208. Provided, That the additional pay to said librarian, and assistant librarian, shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars each per annum, and to the non-commissioned officer in charge of mechanics and other labor at the post, the soldier acting as clerk in the Adjutant's office, and the four enlisted men in the philosophical and chemical departments, and lithographic office, not exceeding the sum of fifty dollars each per annum: and that a like measure of compensation be hereby authorized to be allowed hereafter for said services respectively. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the Secretary of the Senate

Senate docufurnish annually the library of the Military Academy at West Point with ments to be sent a copy of all documents published by the Senate.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

Fees for

CHAP. XX. An Act to repeal Part of an Act entitled An Act to provide for the Safe- April 28, 1856.

keeping of the Acts, Records, and Seal of the United States, and for other Purposes.'

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the act entitled "An act to provide for the safe-keeping of the acts, records, and seal of authenticating the United States, and for other purposes," as is embraced in the last conies from

State Departclause of the sixth section of said act, and which reads in words as fol- ment. lows: "For authenticating a copy of a record or paper, under the seal of 1789, ch. 14. office, twenty-five cents,” shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

April 23, 1856. CHAP. XXI. - An Act amendatory of an Act entitled "An Act to regulate the Fees and

Costs to be allowed Clerks, Marshals, and Attorneys of the Circuit and District Courts of the United States, and for other Purposes.”

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the act entitled Pay of Jurors “An act to regulate the fees and costs to be allowed clerks, marshals, and in Columbia. attorneys of the circuit and district courts of the United States, and for

other purposes,” approved February twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and 1853, ch. 80. fifty-three, as applies to the fees of jurors, be and the same is hereby

made to embrace the jurors of the United States courts for the District of Columbia.

APPROVED, April 23, 1856.

April 30, 1856. CHAP. XXIII.-An Act to alter and amend an Act entitled "An Act to establish a Circuit

Court of the United States in and for the State of California,approved March third, 1855, ch. 142.

eighteen hundred and fifty-five.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States of America in Congress assembled, That the circuit court of the Times and United States for the districts of California shall hereafter hold four places of sessions of circuit court regular sessions in each year, two of which, beginning respectively on in California the first Monday in January and July, shall be held at San Francisco,

in and for the northern district of California ; and the other two, beginning respectively on the first Monday of March and September, shall be

held at Los Angeles, in the southern district of California, and the Powers of circuit judge of California shall have the same powers in relation to his circuit judge

attendance on said sessions and the arrangement of business thereat as same as of other circuit judges. are vested in the other circuit judges of the United States by the second

section of the act approved the seventeenth of June, one thousand eight 1855, ch. 142. bundred and forty-four, entitled “An act concerning the supreme court

of the United States;” Provided, That the term of said court herein provided to be held at San Francisco on the first Monday in January next, may be held in advance of that time under order of the said circuit judge upon notice previously given in conformity with the second section of the act of which this act is amendatory.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said circuit court shall be presided over by the judge of the circuit court of the United States

for the districts of California, and by the judge of the district court for Either judge the district in which the court is holden, either of whom shall constitute a to be a quorum. quorum; and the said circuit court and the said circuit judge, and

each of the said district judges within his separate district, when sitting Powers of as circuit judge, shall be, and they are hereby, respectively vested with judges same as all the authority, powers, and jurisdiction which are vested by existing of other circuit laws in the several circuit courts of the United States, or the judges judges. Laws respect

thereof. And all laws, or parts of laws, which now are or may hereafter ing circuit courts be enacted, regulating the jurisdiction, process, and practice of the circuit extended to cir

courts of the United States, shall be, and the same are hereby, made cuit court of California. applicable to the said circuit court for each of said districts of California.

And the marshal of the United States for each district of California shall Marshal.

act as marshal of said circuit court for his district, and shall attend not only the regular sessions of said courts, but such special or extra terms as may be held in either district, which the said circuit judge is hereby authorized to order in conformity to the mode directed by the second

section of the act of which this act is amendatory. Clerk of cir Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the clerk of the said circuit cuit court to keep records in court of the United States for the districts of California shall keep the San Francisco records of said court in the city of San Francisco, and he is hereby may appoint

authorized to appoint a deputy or deputies, whose official acts, signatures, deputies.

attestations, and certificates shall be entitled to as full credit as those of the said clerk.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That all suits or causes instituted in the district courts of California prior to the first Monday of July, eighteen

Suits to be hundred and fifty-five, and which remain pending in either of said courts, the circuit

transferred to or in which final process has not been executed, and which are properly court. within the jurisdiction of circuit courts, and not of district courts of the United States, shall be removed for the district in which the cause is pending by a transfer and delivery to the clerk of the said circuit court of the original papers with an exemplification of the record or docket entries under the seal of the district court, for which exemplification the clerk of the said district court shall receive the same fees as are allowed for similar services in making transcripts for appeals or writs of error, to be paid by the party applying for the same, and taxed as costs on final judgment; and all causes now pending in said circuit court of the United States, against parties residing in the southern district of California, shall, on application of the parties defendant, made within three months from the date when this act shall take effect, be removed in like manner to the said circuit court held in the southern district of California, and all such causes shall take rank on the docket according to the date of removal ; and all suits removed under the provisions of this section shall be proceeded in, and conducted in the same manner as if originally instituted in the court to which they may be removed.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That all laws, or parts of laws, con Inconsistent trary to or inconsistent with this act, shall be, and remain repealed, from laws repealed. the date when this act shall take effect.

Sec. 6. And be it further enacted, That this act shall take effect in Act, wh ninety days after the passing thereof, and not before that period.

take effect. APPROVED, April 30, 1856.

CHAP. XXIV.- An Act creating Columbus, in Kentucky, a Port of Delivery. May 9, 1856. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Columbus, in the State of Columbus, Kentucky, be and is hereby constituted a port of delivery, within the Kyi, made a port

of collection district of New Orleans, and there shall be a surveyor of cus

Surveyor. toms appointed for the said port, who shall perform the duties, and receive the salary and emoluments prescribed by the act of Congress, approved on the second day of March, eighteen hundred and thirty-one, entitled 1831, ch. 87. “An act allowing the duties on foreign merchandise imported into Pittsburg, Wheeling, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Nashville, and Natchez, to be secured and paid at those places :" Provided, That it shall be the

Port shall be

abolished if duty of the Secretary of the Treasury to abolish said port of delivery public good whenever, in his judgment, the public interest shall no longer require a requires it. port of delivery at that place.

APPROVED, May 9, 1856.

Chap. XXV. - An Act to surrender to the State of Illinois the Cumberland Road in said _May 9, 1856.

State.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That so much of the Cumber-

So much of

the Cumberland land Road as lies within the State of Illinois, and all the interest of the Road as is in United States in the same, together with all the stone, timber, and other Illinois, with materials belonging to the United States, and procured for the purpose rendered to that of being used in the construction of the same, and all the rights and State. privileges of every kind belonging to the United States, as connected with said road, in said State, be, and the same are hereby, transferred and surrendered to the said State of Illinois.

APPROVED, May 9, 1856.

May 14, 1856. CHAP. XXVI. - An Act to amend the Act in addition to certain Acts granting Bounty

Land to certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of 1855, ch. 207. the United States, approved March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United

States of America in Congress assembled, That in all cases where a cerFormer evi- tificate or warrant for bounty land for any less quantity than one hundred dence of right

to and sixty acres, shall have been issued to any officer or soldier, or to the be received in widow or minor child or children of any officer or soldier, under existing certain cases. laws, the evidence upon which such certificate or warrant wasssued

shall be received to establish the service of such officer or soldier in the application of himself, or of his widow or minor child or children, for a certificate or warrant for so much land as may be required to make up the full sum of one hundred and sixty acres, on proof of the identity of such officer or soldier, or in case of his death, of the marriage and identity

of his widow, or in case of her death, of the identity of his minor child or Proviso. children: Provided, nevertheless, That if, upon a review of such evidence,

the Commissioner of Pensions shall not be satisfied that the former certificate or warrant was properly granted, he may require additional evi

dence, as well of the term as of the fact of service. Former evi SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That in all cases where a pension dence of right to has been granted to any officer or soldier, the evidence upon which such received in cer- pension was granted shall be received to establish the service of such tain cases on officer or soldier in his application for bounty land under existing laws; application for bounty land.

and upon proof of his identity as such pensioner, a certificate or warrant may be issued to him for the quantity of land to which he shall be

entitled; and in case of the death of such pensioned officer or soldier, his Rights of widow shall be entitled to a certificate or warrant for the same quantity widows and of land to which her husband would have been entitled, if living, upon children.

proof that she is such widow, and in case of the death of such officer or soldier, leaving a minor child or children and no widow, or where the widow may have deceased before the issuing of any certificate or warrant, such minor child or children shall be entitled to a certificate or warrant for the same quantity of land as the father would have been entitled to

receive if living, upon proof of the decease of father and mother: ProProviso. vided, nevertheless, That if, upon a review of such evidence, the Commis

sioner of Pensions shall not be satisfied that the pension was properly granted, he may require additional evidence, as well of the term as of the

fact of service. So much of

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That so much of the third section act of 1855, che of the “Act in addition to certain acts granting bounty land to certain record evidence officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the of service,

United States," approved March third, eighteen hundred and fifty-five, repealed.

as requires the party claiming a certificate or warrant, under the provisions of said act, to establish his or her right thereto, by record evidence

of the service for which such certificate or warrant has been or may be Parol evidence of service may

claimed, be, and the same is hereby, repealed, and parol evidence, where be received no record evidence exists, may be admitted to prove the service perwhere no record formed, under such rules and regulations as the Commissioner of Pensions

may prescribe.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted, That the eighth section of the act Act of 1865,ch; above mentioned, approved the third day of March, in the year eighteen to naval officers, hundred and fifty-five, shall be construed as embracing officers, marines, &c., in revolutionary war, and

seamen, and other persons engaged in the naval service of the United their widows,&c. States during the revolutionary war, and the widows and minor children

of all such officers, marines, seamen, and other persons engaged as aforesaid.

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That the provisions of the said act Act of 1856, ch. shall extend

to all persons who have served as volunteers with the armed volunteers who forces of the United States, subject to military orders, for the space of

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